Samsung Olympic Experience Truck visits Vauxhall School

May 14, 2012

 New Zealand Olympic Committee The New Zealand Olympic Committee and Samsung bring the interactive Experience Truck to schools to help get Kiwi kids closer to the Games Samsung in association with the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) will be on the North Shore to visit Vauxhall School with the Samsung Experience Truck – a mobile Olympic experience that gives school children a chance to get up close and personal with Kiwi athletes and New Zealand’s proud Olympic history. There are less than 80 days until the London 2012 Olympics and the Samsung Experience Truck will tour the country until the Games conclusion in August stopping off at schools, towns and events along the way. The 18-metre long, 28-tonne truck features a range of interactive digital experiences using the latest Samsung technology and is designed to get Kiwis involved in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics. Visitors to the Samsung Experience Truck can wear a replica Olympic gold medal as the crowd roars in the background. Students wanting to learn more about New Zealand Olympic history can browse iconic New Zealand Olympic moments spanning more than 100 years of Olympic history using a specially designed mobile app. Olympic memorabilia – including the shoes Peter Snell wore to train in the lead up to the 1964 Tokyo Games – will also be on display. Visitors can view the NZOC’s 2012 Olympic ‘Proud Moments’ campaign where Kiwis, including athletes and celebrities, share their thoughts on what makes them proud to be a New Zealander to help inspire our athletes as they prepare for London. Samsung is the official telecommunications partner for the New Zealand 2012 Olympics campaign. Don Renwick, Samsung New Zealand Corporate Marketing Manager, says the company sought to create an experience that would bring the Games closer to all New Zealanders. “We wanted to create an Olympics experience that all Kiwis could enjoy to help build excitement for the 2012 games and support our New Zealand team. “We’re delighted to be working with the NZOC and are proud to be a part of New Zealand’s journey to the London 2012 Olympic Games.” According to Kereyn Smith, Secretary General of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, “It’s great to see that thousands of Kiwis can now experience the magic of the games and New Zealand’s Olympic history. The Samsung Experience truck and its interactive displays will go a long way in helping to bring the Olympic Games to life.” “Vauxhall School is coordinating a variety of learning experiences to tie in with the 2012 Olympics. The Olympic truck offers another ‘hands on’ dimension to these experiences. Both the children and the staff of Vauxhall are excited to see the truck and get the Olympic spirit pumping through the school,” says Deputy Principal Carol Rowe-Mitchell. “As an Olympic School, Vauxhall will be focusing on the values of excellence, innovation, diversity, equity, community and participation, integrity and respect. Children will be involved in researching the history of the Olympics, participating in inquiry topics to find out about countries participating in the Olympics and Participating in our own Olympic games complete with opening ceremony, medal presentations and closing ceremony.” The Samsung Experience Truck will embark on a countrywide tour bringing the Olympics closer to Kiwis all over New Zealand. For more information and schedule, please see The Olympic Games in London take place between 27 July 2012 and 12 August 2012. New Zealand will send a team of approximately 200 athletes competing in 17 sports.